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Avengers: Endgame – AYJW092

Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly of Avengers: Endgame, along with a Christian worldview discussion on sacrifice, family, and god-complexes.

Ready Player One – AYJW080

Ready Player One explores a future society’s addiction to escapism and pop-culture, which prompts the question: Is it a sin for Christians to obsess with pop-culture?

Courageous (2011) – AYJW027

Short but simple, go see Courageous! This newest movie from Sherwood Pictures (makers of Fireproof) will challenge fathers and still entertain many.

The Smurfs – AYJW020

“Don’t be fooled by their cuteness!” The Smurfs is a fun family movie with positive values. We review The Smurfs movie with some critical thinking for Christians.

Secretariat (2010, movie review)

Reciting from the book of Job, playing “Oh Happy Day,” and employing double meanings to the word “race,” Secretariat attempts to be much more than a predictable movie about a housewife with guts and a very special racehorse. In some ways it even succeeds. Eve Franklin previewed Secretariat and shares her critical thinking.

Read the family-friendliness rating and review of Secretariat from Focus on the Family’s PluggedIn.

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The Twilight Saga: Spiritual Truths, Part 2

Perhaps the easiest spiritual analogy to draw from the The Twilight Saga is the concept of eternal love. Throughout the four-book story from Bella’s almost continuous perspective, Bella shows how completely unworthy she feels of Edward’s love.

Initial Reactions 10: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 continues Pixar’s fantastic story-telling after Toy Story and Toy Story 2. Friendship, trust, working together, and unresolved bitterness are strong themes. But the animated short “Night & Day” raises more discussion.

Initial Reactions 9: The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid remake was entertaining and clean. We still have some initial reactions along with some critical thinking to help you when you view it.

Initial Reactions 8: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time follows an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. We share our critical thinking on destiny, adoption, personal faith, global flood (again), condition of man, corruption, time, and even taxes!

Ice Age, Part 2 – AYJW015

We’re back to finish our discussion on the entertaining, computer-animated film, Ice Age. If you missed the first part of our discussion, please go back and listen to it. Also go back and listen to our first episode to get an overview of critical thinking.

The Sixth Sense, Part 1 – AYJW012

M.Night Shyamalan’s classic thriller, The Sixth Sense. Our discussion topics in part 1 include family, marriage, work, some of the characters, and the church’s involvement.

The Twilight Saga: Spiritual Truths, Part 1

There are some brief spiritual gems in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga that caught my eye. One of them was a quick statement in Breaking Dawn that opened up a spiritual parallel that has a subtle strength throughout the series—that of members making up a body that needs a definite head. There are good examples of spiritual leaders throughout this saga both on the werewolf side of things and on the vampire side.
Another spiritual gem that is quite obvious is the parallel of the vampire with spiritually dead man. Meyer presents vampires as walking, talking corpses, which makes an interesting picture of the spiritual condition of unregenerate man.